As early voting kicked off Aug. 4, voters, supporters, volunteers and candidates filled the parking lot of the Daytona Beach Regional Library City Island.
By Monday evening, there were 474 ballots cast at the Daytona Beach location and 1,215 ballots cast across Volusia County at locations in Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach. That figure, a mere .38 percent of the 318,386 total registered voters in Volusia County, pales in comparison to those who utilized “vote-by-mail” ballots (formerly known as absentee ballots). More than 18,000 “vote-by-mail’ ballots had been cast by the Daytona Times’ press deadline Wednesday night.
Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day through Aug. 11. The primary election is Aug. 14 with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All vote-by-mail ballots must be in the office of the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. Aug. 14.